Day of Goodwill

Day of Goodwill Quick Facts

2020 Date26 December 2020
2021 Date26 December 2021
Day of Goodwill

Day of Goodwill History

Day of Goodwill serves as a day to recover from the indulgence of Christmas festivities and indulge in the South African summer sunshine. Until 1994, the day was known as Boxing Day, but was renamed to Day of Goodwill in order to sever ties with South Africa's colonial past. Originally, as Boxing Day, it was the British holiday of gifting boxes on the day after Christmas however with the change of name, the day is now simply a day off for the South African people.

Day of Goodwill is celebrated annually on 26 December, the day after Christmas. The day is often spent outdoors in the summer sunshine with family and friends.

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Day of Goodwill Facts & Quotes

  • Prior to being a British colony, South Africa was a Dutch colony. The first Dutchmen arrived in 1652.
  • In British society, Boxing Day was a Middle Aged holiday on which wealthier employers gave boxes to less-privileged members of society such as servants and workers. These boxes often contained, money, food and useful items.
  • Although South Africa is no longer a British colony, it is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations along with many other former British colonies.
  • Our experience has taught us that with goodwill a negotiated solution can be found for even the most profound problems. - Nelson Mandela
  • We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of Britain

Day of Goodwill Top Events and Things to Do

  • Head to the beach with your friends and family. Day of Goodwill is known to locals as Beach Day and spending the day in the summer sunshine is the most popular activity to do on this holiday.
  • Watch a movie about the spirit of giving that originally brought about the holiday. Some of our favourites are Pay it Forward, The Blind Side, It's a Wonderful Life and Freedom Writers.
  • Prepare a traditional box, bag or sack. Include non-perishable items and gifts for children in need. Drop your container off at a local organisation that delivers them to children around the country.
  • Host a post-Christmas braai with friends and family. Include local meats such as antelope, boerewors, sosaties and kebabs.
  • Generate awareness for the day on social media by posting pictures and adding hashtags #goodwill, #dayofgoodwill and #DayofGoodwillSouthAfrica.

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